PBA turns down Dubai Expo 2020 invite

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MANILA, Philippines—The PBA decided to beg off from the Dubai Expo 2020 as the league is still reeling from the effects of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.

League Commissioner Willie Marcial expressed his gratitude to the organizers of the international trade exhibition but admitted that sending teams to Dubai amidst the health crisis in the Philippines was an impossible undertaking.

The 2021-22 Governors’ Cup was already nearing its midway point when the government put Metro Manila under Alert Level 3 effectively halting all contact sports in the region.

Kevin Brown, planning and management vice president, master calendar-events and entertainment of Expo 2020, extended the invitation to the PBA.

The games were originally set for January 27 to 30 at Expo Sports Arena while the whole Dubai Expo 2020, a trade fair featuring innovations…

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